Susan Isaacs on Play.

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Creativity, EYFS Policy and Practice, Nurseries, Play, Uncategorized5 Comments

At the moment I am putting the finishing touches to a new book that I am writing for Sage all about play. I have always really enjoyed writing about my own thoughts on Early Years education, but in creating this book I have had the opportunity to go back, re-read and discover what other people have to say about it. One of my favourite re-reads has been The Educational Value of the Nursery School by Susan Isaacs. Her writing is so relevant to today it is hard to believe that it was first published in 1937! Isaacs was a pioneer of children’s play putting the development of emotions and feelings at the heart of her practice. She was committed to … Read More

A Key Stage 2 Teacher in the Early Years.

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, construction, Continuous Provision, Outdoors, Uncategorized1 Comment

This week I have a guest blog post from Kirsty Cooper who is the Headteacher of Grayrigg CE Primary School and also teaches in Key-Stage 2 …I will let her explain… A Key-Stage 2 teacher in the Early Years. First of all, I should tell you all a little about my school. We’re a small (but growing) school on the outskirts of Kendal, not far from the Lake District, in a very beautiful location.  I’m the Head Teacher but have a 0.7 teaching commitment, which basically means I teach every morning and two afternoons. I actually teach the KS2 class which we know as the Oaks – so why am I writing a guest blog for the lovely Alistair? The … Read More

Continuous Provision in Year One at Peckover Primary School

Alistair Bryce-CleggContinuous Provision, Transition, Uncategorized11 Comments

This week I have got a guest blogpost from Lucy and the team at Peckover Primary School all about how they have successfully taken a Continuous Provision approach into Year One. Over to you Lucy… Year 1 Continuous Provision – Our Journey at Peckover Primary School Three years ago we started our journey to develop an early years approach of continuous provision into Year 1. Believe me, as a team this wasn’t a light hearted decision and we knew it would be a risky challenge, but we recognised that something had to change to support the needs of our children.  The formal pedagogical approach of teaching (children sat at tables all day) that we had, was not supporting these children, … Read More

Good Level of Development – A National Picture.

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Child Initiated Learning, Conferences, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, mathematics, Ofsted, Outdoors, Phonics, Planning and Assessment, Reading, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

This week I launched a project that I am doing in the North West of England in conjunction with our Ofsted Big Conversation steering committee. The idea for the project came about after Ofsted released their findings in relation to the number of children who achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of the Reception year. This is their Good Level of Development by Local Authority map for 2017/18. You can find it here The North West region, where I live and worked for my entire teaching career, has a high number of Local Authorities where the attainment of GLD is in the lowest National band. The idea of the project is to provide some really cost … Read More